When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
This week, the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton made bank at the box office and garnered rave reviews from critics. The unexpected knock-on effect of this has been a shocking combination of real-life reports of how NWA conducted themselves at the time and... some cartoon stuff. Seriously. Ice Cube took the opportunity to rep South Park, and then The Muppets got involved. Sound like total nonsense? It kind of does.
Here are your quotes (and clips) of the week:
"We let the world know that you could be just as famous doing it hard and rough and taboo and dirty and all the other things that they call our music. We opened a door for artists like Eminem and shows like South Park." According to Ice Cube, NWA paved the way for Cartman, Stan, Kenny and Kyle. Alrighty then. (NME)
But The Muppets (and Big Bird) think NWA has more to do with them than South Park... (YouTube):
Bringing NWA reality crashing back to earth is Dee Barnes, who wrote a stunning article this week about Straight Outta Compton's revisionist history when it comes to violence against women (Gawker):
"Dre, who executive produced the movie along with his former groupmate Ice Cube, should have owned up to the time he punched his labelmate Tairrie B twice at a Grammys party in 1990. He should have owned up to the black eyes and scars he gave to his collaborator Michel’le. And he should have owned up to what he did to me. That’s reality. That’s reality rap. In his lyrics, Dre made hyperbolic claims about all these heinous things he did to women. But then he went out and actually violated women."
“There are so many things that you can add or subtract. Cube always said, ‘You can make five different N.W.A movies.’ We made the one we wanted to make.”
Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray, defending the final version of the movie. (Rolling Stone)
“I’m gonna sing this to your crying grown man ass right now.” Dave Grohl's response to a drunk man openly weeping at the front of a Foo Fighters concert. (YouTube)
If you've not liked anything by Kelly Clarkson since "Since You've Been Gone", you're probably in need of this:
"It crosses everybody's mind. Everybody thinks of it; even people who mistakenly assume that they're happy. They think of just disappearing and having enough and many people do, just taking control and saying, 'No more, no more of this silliness.' And it's admirable." Ever the positive influence on others, Morrissey thinks suicide is admirable. (Billboard)
Ex-One Direction dude, Zayn Malik re-Tweeted this a few days ago:
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Which prompted a very angry response from Taylor Swift's beau, Calvin Harris(Twitter):
"You've made your money? Cool...fuck the 99% of musicians who depend on these services to survive right? Yeah fuck em. If u don't get what it means when a successful artist uses their celebrity to benefit every other musician and songwriter in the industry... stay out my fuckin mentions pls... While u kids are refresh voting teen choice awards there's some poor fucker in a basement making your new favorite record trying to survive Meaning... stay out of things you don't understand".
Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"